Abbott Lifted With No-Hitter
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Seattle starter Paul Abbott was lifted after five wild no-hit innings Sunday night in Game 4 of the AL championship series against the New York Yankees.
Abbott walked two batters each in the second through fifth innings before being replaced by Norm Charlton to start the sixth.
Abbott’s eight walks were one shy of the LCS record set by Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar in 1974 against Oakland. Cuellar pitched 4 2-3 innings in a 2-1 loss to the Athletics in Game 4.
Charlton began warming up after Abbott’s eighth walk, to Chuck Knoblauch with one out in the fifth. But Abbott recovered to get Derek Jeter on a flyout and David Justice on a groundout to keep the game scoreless.
Abbott struck out two in his 97-pitch outing. He threw 48 balls and 49 strikes.
Charlton retired the first batter in the sixth before giving up a ground-rule double to Tino Martinez for the Yankees’ first hit.